I recently returned from the IECA tour of Arizona colleges and universities and had a chance to dig into the academics and environment of several choices popular with Seattle students. Touring colleges with a group of experienced counselors means that in addition to hearing from the admissions office, knowledge is compounded with anecdotes from counselors […]
April was busy, with lots of college visits on the agenda. My visits started in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley at Bard College. This rural campus is 90 miles north of New York City and has a strong sense of community with faculty living nearby and engaging in activities on campus. Most students live on […]
I recently returned from the IECA conference in Orlando, Florida. The first three days included tours of seven colleges and universities, followed by conference sessions and a college fair for IECA consultants. Our first visit was to Emby-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, a high-powered, modern, all-things-aeronautical university offering programs such as flight training, engineering, security, […]
The University of Aberdeen (Scotland) hosted a comprehensive three-day counselor tour, providing invaluable information regarding their programs, facilities, students and faculty. Aberdeen is a very vibrant and international city, in large part due to the university and the development of natural resources offshore. Approximately 20 percent of the students are international, with North American sending […]
I began my tour through the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York at the University of Rochester, a small research university located in a beautiful setting near the city of Rochester. More information is available in an earlier summary of a University of Rochester representative’s presentation in my office. This small, private research university […]
SCAD The University for Creative Careers Formerly known as the Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD offers students a full range of creative and artistic areas of study. SCAD has campuses in Savannah, Hong Kong, Atlanta, and Lacoste, France. I toured several programs and the very modern dormitories located throughout Savannah (the largest campus), […]
Students who took the new PSAT in October of 2015 recently received their score reports and can view their scores here. There has been a lot of confusion as to how to interpret the results, but this video and article each provide an excellent overview of interpreting your scores and the National Merit process. Many students have asked […]
Jed Applerouth of Applerouth provided a dynamic and thorough update on the new SAT at the recent IECA Conference in Arizona. His valuable insights gave me a new take from earlier sessions on this test. New SAT is an achievement rather than aptitude test, back to the original roots Sentence […]
Make plans now to attend the Seattle National College Fair. This is a great opportunity to meet with admissions representatives from the colleges on your list, and explore new options. Hundreds of exhibitors will be available on Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th. Students can pre-register here and view the list of participating institutions.
Created by a University of Washington professor, and offered free online through Coursera, this short course helps students and parents prepare successfully for the transition to college. Included are strategies for success and things to think about early in your college career. You can read more here.
Families of current high school juniors should consider the upcoming changes to the financial aid process, as the 2015 tax year will now be included in financial aid reviews. Other changes are afoot, including the welcome release of the FAFSA on October 1st rather than January 1st. You can read more from Lynn O’Shaughnessy here.
The UW Honors Program Director, Professor Vicky Lawson, shares updated information about the UW Honors Program and what they look for in applicants. The UW Honors application goes live on October 1st. During October and November they be hosting twice weekly information sessions that coincide with the UW’s visit options. These sessions should help prospective […]
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